Es­to­nian firm to buy cof­fee from Ny­eri farm­ers

Buy­ers take sam­ples for qual­ity as­sess­ment be­fore de­cid­ing on or­ders, prices

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - WAMBUGU KANYI @joe­wambugu2003

Ny­eri cof­fee farm­ers are likely to be sell­ing beans di­rectly to the small Baltic coun­try of Es­to­nia.

A del­e­ga­tion from Es­to­nia vis­ited Mukurwe-Ini, Mathira and Othaya on Tues­day and said are im­pressed by the high-qual­ity cof­fee.

They are tak­ing sam­ples back to their coun­try be­fore de­cid­ing on the vol­ume and prices they need. Then an MoU is to be signed.

The team from the Es­to­nian Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Cof­fee Peo­ple OU Com­pany of Es­to­nia was led by Kadri Hu­mal Ayal, the hon­orary Con­sul of the Repub­lic of Es­to­nia in Kenya, and An­nar Alas, the founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Cof­fee Peo­ple OU Co of Es­to­nia.

Ny­eri Deputy Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Wa­mathai said this was a big achieve­ment for farm­ers be­cause their cof­fee will be sold di­rectly to the new mar­ket, once an MoU is signed.

He as­sured the del­e­ga­tion of the best qual­ity, say­ing the county is one of the Kenya’s lead­ing cof­fee grow­ers due to its deep, well-drained acidic soils, evenly dis­trib­uted rain­fall, al­ti­tude and to­pog­ra­phy that pro­vide ex­cel­lent grow­ing con­di­tions.

The deputy gov­er­nor said farm­ers’ im­proved in­come will greatly re­duce poverty, pro­mote wealth creation and bet­ter liv­ing stan­dards.

“The Ny­eri county gov­ern­ment has set aside Sh100 mil­lion in this fi­nan­cial year to sup­port value ad­di­tion by our cof­fee so­ci­eties. This will sig­nif­i­cantly boost our di­rect cof­fee sales,” he said.

Wa­mathai said the Othaya Cof­fee So­ci­ety ex­ports limited quan­ti­ties of cof­fee to coun­tries such as Den­mark, Nor­way, Sweden, the US, South Korea and Tai­wan and have ac­quired ex­pe­ri­ence to mar­ket any­where in the world. Also present dur­ing the tour were Ny­eri Trade ex­ec­u­tive Eras­tus Muriuki and his Agri­cul­ture coun­ter­part Robert Thuo.

Alas said his coun­try, with a 1.3 mil­lion pop­u­la­tion, uses a lot of cof­fee and will def­i­nitely buy if the Kenyan cof­fee has the best qual­ity.

“We want to start a long-term re­la­tion­ship with Ny­eri county ... We have been buy­ing [Kenyan] cof­fee from a buyer from Nor­way. We as­sure lo­cal farm­ers they will ben­e­fit,” he said.

Alas said a sim­i­lar MoU has been signed be­tween his com­pany and Colombia, also fa­mous for its cof­fee.

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